Associate of Science Degree - Chemistry Emphasis

This is a two-year transferable program leading to an Associate of Science with an emphasis in chemistry. The curriculum includes a core of courses in the physical sciences and mathematics which are advised by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for transfer to any ACS accredited chemistry program. All courses recommended will partially satisfy the bachelor of science in chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of General Chemistry in topics such as stoichiometry, nomenclature, acids and bases, gas laws, equilibrium, kinetics, thermochemistry, and electrochemistry.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Organic Chemistry in topics such as stoichiometry, organic nomenclature, acids and bases, organic synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of scientific methods and the relationship of theory, experiment, and data analysis.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English3-6
Including ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Humanities3
Mathematics[3]
Required:
MATH 181Calculus I4
Science[6]
Lab required
Required:
CHEM 121
CHEM 122
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
8
Social Science3
Recommended:
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Introduction to American Politics
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Science courses (2 units satisfied through required CHEM 121 & CHEM 122) 2[6]
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2[3]
Emphasis Requirements
CHEM 241
241L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab I
4
CHEM 242
242L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab II
4
Mathematics: Additional 1 unit from Math 181 in Gen. Ed.
MATH 182Calculus II4
PHYS 180
180L
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab I
4
PHYS 181
181L
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab II
4
Elective Requirements
Select 13 units from transferable electives13
Recommended:
Calculus III
Differential Equations
Total Units60
1

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.

2

Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

 
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
English 3 3
Fine Arts 3 3
MATH 181 Calculus I (Mathematics) 4 4
Elective 4 3
 Semester Total17
2nd semester
Diversity/Humanities 3 3
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
English 4 3
MATH 182 Calculus II 4
 Semester Total14
3rd semester
Elective 4 4-7
CHEM 241
241L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab I
4
PHYS 180 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 3
Social Science/U.S. and Nevada Constitution 4 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Elective 4 6
CHEM 242
242L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab II
4
PHYS 181
181L
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab II
4
 Semester Total14
 Total Units60
3

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.

4

See program recommendations or requirements.